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Wisconsin football: Rose Bowl notebook, part three

Our third installment of the goings on in Pasadena leading up to the Granddaddy of them All.

@B5QPhotos; Matt Fleming

Your B1G West division champion No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers (10-3 overall, 7-2 B1G) have been out in California for a few days now getting prepared to do battle with the Pac-12 Champion No. 6 Oregon Ducks (11-2 overall, 8-1 Pac-12) on New Year’s Day.

Here are some updates from the last few days on the Badgers as they have started taking in all the festivities and practices that surround The Granddaddy of Them All.

  • As long as the Wisconsin defense continues performing at a high level, there will always be concern that defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard will be poached by a school with deeper pockets or with a head coaching position to offer. However, it appears as though Leonhard is extremely happy coaching in his home state.
  • Jim, please worry about what we say about you. It helps our self-esteem.
  • The Oregon offense and the Wisconsin defense were the ones in the spotlight on Sunday and everyone is both happy to be here and looking forward to the challenge. Tremendous insight.
  • Local boy done good, Justin Herbert, sounds like an alright dude...if you can hear him that is.
  • Here is what the Ducks will be wearing on New Year’s Day.

As for the Badgers? We don’t know yet but we have been told that they won’t be wearing red pants.

  • Coan to Cephus could be a big a difference maker in this game so it’s good to see that Coan can still throw it to him in the end zone.
  • I did not know that Leonhard was a southpaw!
  • Go on with your bad self, Chase Wolf!
  • Is Wolf a better dancer than Aron Cruickshank?
  • I feel extremely fortunate that I got to attend a Rose Bowl (vs. TCU) and I’m jealous of everyone that gets to go to this one. I’ll never forgive Bielema for not giving the ball to John Clay on the two-point conversion but at least the setting was beautiful.